Should You Choose Artificial Turf with Pets?
Dog owners love their pets, but no dog owner loves the mess left behind by their beloved pets. Homeowners who are lucky enough to have large backyards may choose to create a separate space for their dog to run where they are not able to dig holes — or, basically, “mess” up the yard. If you, however, are someone who has a small backyard and dogs who know how hard it is to keep a yard going in the midst of pet- and kid-related wreak havoc on it, you may want to consider choosing artificial turf, or fake grass.
Manufactured grass and lawn products stay green year-round, ignoring all seasons, and are highly suited for those high traffic areas that can turn into marked pathways after much use. Forget that dead and long-term damage; with an artificial lawn, you can keep your grass looking green even with pets. Perhaps most importantly, a well-kept lawn made with artificial turf will also raise a home’s value on the real estate market — so forget Fido; you can make a pet happy and grow your home. Whether you have a large or small backyard, artificial grass can keep your home looking beautiful and your grass freshly green.
Do Dogs Need Actual Grass?
Dogs need grass — truly green grass, the soft and flexible variety under their paws. While dirt will do, dogs are animals that prefer grass. They enjoy the simple activity of rolling in it, playing in it, digging it up and, in some cases, even eating it. Although a dog can’t do the same with manufactured grass, they can do everything else and live the same quality of life. People who have dog runs are among those who understand that dogs prefer the feel of grass to that of cement or stone. Cement and stone can be extremely abrasive to the pads of dogs’ feet, leading to irritation and discomfort that cannot occur on grass or other soft surfaces. The discomfort caused by a tough and abrasive surface can be dramatically increased in the summer months, when the temperature of cement can become extremely hot for dogs to walk upon. Using artificial turf in your backyard, front yard, or even self-contained dog run, eliminates those factors and allows your dog to spend time in a more natural environment without harm.
Keep it Low Maintenance
When you’re stuck with a small yard and limited space, it can be difficult to use a lawn mower without constantly bumping into obstacles — and, if your yard is on the smaller side, even maneuver a lawn mower over your space. Dog runs made with artificial turf, however, do not require mowing and maneuvering. In fact, they need just minimum care. When you choose artificial grass, you no longer need to:
- Pull weeds
Artificial turf provides dogs with a space in which to run without making extra work for you. They can exercise and play as needed, without requiring you to be there for supervision. Additionally, you no longer need to worry about maintaining your yard and its detrimental wear and tear. With traditional and natural grass, paths are worn into high traffic areas, brown patches can appear and mowing a small area can seem futile. When dirt does begin to show through weak areas of grass, reseeding is next to impossible if you can’t keep the kids and the pets out of the yard.
Artificial turf provides the perfect “no muss, no fuss” solution to homeowners who want to keep their pets happy without adding extra work and expense to the solution. In the long run, using manufactured grass in specific areas of the lawn or to create a suitable dog run, can be extremely cost effective.